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Students Aim to Design World’s Swiftest Bike

Their human-powered helicopter hovered into the history books and won the American Helicopter Society’s $1 million Sikorsky prize. Now, a team of University of Toronto engineering students and graduates aims to design the world’s fastest human-powered bicycle.

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A Life in Darkness

Having to hurry home at sunset because his family’s farm lacked electricity inspired Ahmed Almansour to study electrical engineering. Read the University of British Columbia student’s story.

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NASA Explores Brazuca’s Aerodynamics

NASA tests Brazuca soccer ballCount NASA engineers among the soccer fans following the 2014 World Cup tournament in Brazil this summer. They’re not only students of “the beautiful game” but also of technologies like the Brazuca football whose aerodynamic properties give players an edge.

Photo credit: NASA’s Ames Research Center

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Man vs. Machine: Game On!

In the man-against-machine smackdown, humans remain ahead. But for how long? World Table Tennis champion Timo Boll matched wits against “the fastest robot on Earth” to find out.

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Thinking Cap May Cut Practice Time

Special Feature by Guy Wilkins

Hate playing scales or doing fitness drills? In the not-so-distant future, the hours of repetitive practice necessary to learn a musical instrument, new sport, or dance may be a relic of the past. Lara Boyd, a researcher at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, believes a promising new technology called magnetic brain stimulation could cut the practice time required to learn a new motor skill.

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